The establishment of the Petroleum Hub in the Jomoro Municipality has the potential to create jobs for the youth in the oil and gas sector.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Jomoro, who said this at the final Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop held in Benyin, a community in the Municipality on the preparation of structure and local plans for the establishment of the hub, said the hub would also create opportunities for individuals and private institutions both home and abroad to invest in the oil and gas sector to expand the economy.
To that extent, he said the Municipal Assembly would upgrade the existing social amenities in the area and also build new ones to contain migrants who would settle in the communities in the Municipality as a result of the establishment of the hub.
He added that the Assembly and the local stakeholders in the communities that would be affected by the project were determined to collaborate with all relevant agencies at every stage of the project to ensure that it succeeds.
On his part, the Paramount Chief of Western Nzema Traditional Council, Awulae Annor Adjeye III assured the government of the support of the Traditional Council to make the project successful.
He urged the government to speed up the implementation of the project to bring development and jobs to the area.
The Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop was organised by the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy to validate the blueprint for the implementation of the project.
It aims at ensuring judicious use of land for the intended purposes, inform the public and private sectors on permissibly land use in the project area and also eliminate potential conflicts in land uses that could have dire consequences of the hub.
The key infrastructure for the petroleum hub includes five petrochemical plants, three refineries, port services, water and waste treatment facilities as well as social amenities such as education and health among others.
Stephen Tashie, ISD